Tehachapi Valley Healthcare District

Replacement Hospital

Location: Tehachapi, CA
Client: SHP Project Development
Architect: Stephen Wen & Associates

Project Description:

The Tehachapi Valley Healthcare District is constructing a new replacement “critical access” hospital in the City of Tehachapi, California. Stephen Wen & Associates prepared the hospital design documents and Bernards/Colombo Joint Venture is managing the multiple prime contractors, with the District acting as Owner-Builder.

The District’s new hospital will be a ground-up “green field” facility, replacing the current facility in Tehachapi which is aging and undersized. The new hospital design meets the current space and functional requirements while adding needed medical services that are not currently offered at the present facility, including surgery and obstetrical services. The new campus contains 22.36 acres of gently sloping and open pasture that was previously agricultural grazing land. The hospital building areas include 62,072 gross square feet which meet the standards of California’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) and 15,818 gross square feet for administration and facilities management (located in a pre-engineered building). The preliminary construction budget is $55 million.

The project is currently in the design phase, with completion scheduled for 2015. The anticipated construction schedule is approximately 25 months.


  • System Design
  • System Engineering
  • OSHPD Coordination
  • Implementation Management


  • Technology and Low Voltage System Infrastructure
  • Telephone / Data / Video Cabling System
  • Audio-Visual Services
  • Video Conferencing
  • Digital Signage
  • Security Systems (Closed Circuit TV systems and Access Control Systems)
  • Nurse Call Systems
  • Intercom Systems
  • Staff/Equipment/Patient Location Systems
  • Coordination of outside radio services including police, fire and radio paging
  • Patient Television System


  • New facility, located just two miles from the existing facility, doubles the number of beds
  • Will provide easier access to life saving technologies for a growing population
  • New hospital will operate rural clinics in Tehachapi and Mojave